KUALA LUMPUR: No punitive action should be taken against Dr Nur Ilyani Mohamed Nawawi, who recently caused a stir in social media as a medical practitioner on treating the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, according to Malaysian AIDS Foundation chairman Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman.
“Here in Malaysia, we are quick at giving punitive action. I think a gentle reminder was my intention when I rebuked her.
“In a sense, we doctors need to separate our own personal beliefs versus our duty of care and the trust that has been placed upon us.
“We shouldn't break that trust by being judgemental and discriminating against anyone.
“It's a declaration that we make when we become a doctor and that we cannot choose to discriminate anyone by race, gender and sexual preference,” she added.
She was responding to press inquiries on the issue after witnessing the first Malaysian Men's Health conference held at Universiti Malaya's Reseach Management and Innovation Complex.
Dr Nur Ilyani had recently criticised the LGBT community in a Facebook post, saying that she too has the right to live a peaceful life free from “deviant lifestyles” of the community.
She had called on Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir to answer several controversial questions on the LGBT community as she claimed that Marina was “promoting” the rights of the LGBT community.
Nur Ilyani added that despite her views on the LGBT community, she treated them the best she could.
The Facebook post has since been taken down.